Archetype (n): a typical example of a person or thing; an original that has been imitated.
Even though I am sure the number changes continually, the numeral I garnered from research was 353.
That is the number of Protestant Christian denominations at work in our world today.
Some people think this is a necessity so that we’re able to express our personality flair with our spiritual experience. But with each and every one of these denominations comes a focus on a specific point of philosophy or doctrine, which makes them imbalanced from the overall impression that was intended by the archetype of the faith, Jesus of Nazareth.
If you want to be mocked and considered naive, just merely suggest that the ideal circumstance for Christians is to attempt to live like Jesus. People will smile at your abstract innocence and say, “Well, many things are open to interpretation.”
(With that I would agree. That’s why we should avoid many things.)
But the gospel records give us a great shadow of the lifestyle of this carpenter-turned-preacher, so we certainly should be able to focus on a few personality traits and incorporate them into our practice.
1. Our archetype, Jesus, didn’t care if people were religious or whores–just as long as they knew that a certain amount of repentance is necessary for us all.
2. Jesus didn’t favor Jews over Gentiles, making the Jews very upset and the Gentiles stomp around, joyously saying, “‘Bout time.”
3. Jesus was not impressed with the traditions of men, which were manipulated so as to generate a climate of intellectualism instead of true spirituality.
4. Jesus didn’t really care much about people who wanted to be mediocre.
5. Jesus didn’t chase people down. He let them find him and bring their faith.
6. Jesus was more concerned about people who were lost than about people who were found–or at least, thought they were.
7. Jesus wasn’t impressed with the Temple.
8. Jesus was not a person who was focused on the family. He said, “Those who love only their family are no better than the heathen.”
9. Jesus bravely died on the cross but made it clear that the person who betrayed him was the Son of Hell. Certainly not a letter of recommendation for Judas.
10. Jesus made his gospel about love and challenged those who trivialized it to seek a deeper understanding of the word and its potential.
There’s only one thing I know for sure–if all these denominations came face-to-face with Jesus, there would be 353 disappointed board meetings.
Jesus didn’t come to make everybody happy. He came to get us to feel and think. That usually, for a brief season … makes everyone a little uncomfortable.
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